Last month animation studio Titmouse held its annual Smash Party event, which invites people to come down with various household items, put them in a protective cage, and unleash some destruction on said items. The event also saw the debut of a virtual reality (VR) experience mimicking the party, Smash Party VR, with visitors able to digitally smash up stuff. Today HTC Vive owners get to join in the carnage as the VR experience launches for free on Steam.
Developed in collaboration with Viacom NEXT, Smash Party VR features a multitude of items in Titmouse’s signature art style, from brightly coloured vases, TVs, plates and toilet bowls, all to be destroyed in front of a cheering crowd. Players have 60 seconds to smash as much as they can, thus gaining point and climbing up the leaderboard. Smash Party VR gets even more intense when the walls come down and an enraged octopus hurls smash-worthy objects in rapid fire succession.
“Now that the carnage from the 10th annual Smash Party is long gone, digital destruction lives on in Smash Party VR,” said Chris Prynoski, Titmouse president and founder. “It was great working with the folks at Viacom NEXT to create the perfect VR party game. Inside of the cage, it’s all about the smashing. Outside of the cage, you got a bunch of cartoon buddies who cheer you on during your destructive rampage. A bigfoot. Check. A ‘roid raged bipedal titmouse.’ Check. My old college roommate, Goat. Check. Who wouldn’t want this enthusiastic animated support group to throw gasoline on the fire of your annihilation.”
“As the first of many immersive VR experiences to come out of Viacom NEXT, we loved working with Titmouse to bring to life the ultimate Smash Party experience,” said Chaki Ng, SVP Viacom NEXT. “If HTC Vive owners have a big appetite for destruction, the smashing potential may continue to expand. Chris’ creative VR drawings are candy to work with and our engineering mayhem quotient has yet to be quenched, so stay tuned for further Smash Party updates.”
Launched in Steam Early Access, Smash Party VR will continue development, adding further polish over the next few months. ViacomNext will be looking for lots of player feedback, saying: “The more interest we get in the game, the more likely it is that there will be further development.”
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